The risk of Hybris: Anglicans who consider themselves as fully right!

Many analyses have been made on the current crisis within the Anglican Communion, which increasingly is issuing in schisms in many parts of the Communion.

Generally they refer to theological matters referring to the differences in hermeneutics as the main cause of tensions, especially related to what the Bible says about sexual behavior. That is true.

In the view of others, the central issue is related to power. Power to try and show that the truth is owned by those who define themselves as defenders of the true faith. This is also true.

But I would add a new aspect in these analyses: the inflation of the self or, in Greek, HYBRIS.

People who consider themselves as model of faith sometimes forget completely the community dimension, the collegiality and humility before others.

They often underestimate the weight of institutions, canons, hierarchy, obedience --  everything that might mean a limit to their convictions.

The path that many Anglicans are choosing today is the dangerous path of spiritual pride.

Do you remember the path of Peter? He said that he never would betray the Lord. And we all know what happened. Thank God,   there is always the chance of forgiveness, but only after purification of the ego and the destruction of Hybris.

There is an Indian proverb that says the following: when we speak so loud we are distant from our hearts and from our brothers’ heart. This is a way of saying that those who shout are living in a state of Hybris. For them there is no dialogue, but monologues.
But in fact, no one can be considered the true owner of truth. The truth belongs to God.

I hope that those who today are breaking the communion and going out from the table will experience the Peter’s path

For the wellbeing of the Anglican Communion and for the growth of our maturity!

Brazilian Bishop is fasting for River São Francisco

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"Therefore, I restart my fasting and pray. And I only will stop it with the withdrawl of the army from the construction site of the diversion project at the north and the east canals and with the final suspension of the São Francisco River diversion project. There is no other alternative". D. Luiz Cappio in a letter to the President Lula

 

For second time a roman catholic bishop in Barra, state of BA started a fasting in defense of the river São Francisco. In a midst of a great controversy involving the project for implementation of the river, the bishop start two years ago a fasting. After negotiations with governamental representatives that promised suspend the project and discuss it with social representations, the bishop stopped his first fasting.

Now, with the lack of agreement between government and popular sectors, the work of implementation has started, even with the presence of military troops.

The Archbishop Mauricio Andrade and brazilians anglicans bishops is joining others churches ecumenically for support very strongly the bishop Cappio and are requesting governamental authorities to stop the project and discuss it with environmentalists, little farmers and people alongside the river.

The project in course will cause damage to the environment and will promote and benefit a small part of the population, especially the sectors related to agri-business.

We ask as brazilians anglicans to our fellow brothers and sisters to support this initiative from a fellow christian leader that is resolutely decided to fasting until the government stop the project.

I sent t my fellows Provincial Secretaries a letter stated by the CONIC - National Council of Christian Churches aupporting bishop Cappio initiative.

We must support the gesture of a christian who is identified with the preservation of nature and is offering his own life to ensure that the interests of big companies and their desire for profits did not prevail.

An english version of a letter of support is available at http://www.petitiononline.com/dcappio/petition.html

The Episcopal Anglican Chruch of Brazil is also trough the Provincial Office ready to offer any more clarification on that.